ISIS drug hoard worth 50 million seized by police
GIOIA TAURO - A hoard of drugs, weighing 37 tonnes and believed to be a shipment of an ISIS-operated narcotics smuggling ring, were seized by Italian finance police and customs officials Friday.
Over 24 million pills of the “fighter-drug” were found at the southern port of Gioia Tauro, on their way to Libya. The sale of the drugs in the Middle East and North Africa would have fetched around 50 million euros, with each drug sold for about 2 euros.
The “fighter drug” is a tramadol tablet, a synthetic opiate substance, and these shipments came from India. It is believed by foreign investigative sources that tramadol smuggling is managed directly by ISIS to fund terrorist activities. The name of the drug comes from its ability to increase the physical strength and resistance of the user, and it has been used repeatedly in war zones in the Middle East.